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No. 25 Point Park pounds Asbury on Senior Day to complete series sweep

April 12, 2014 AT 10:20 p.m. ET

2014 Baseball Seniors
Point Park's 10 seniors on Senior Day (L to R): Manny Perdomo, Jonathan Tasis, Isaiah Marsh, Tyler Cattapan, Javy Marticorena, Tom Birko, Toby Eigner, Ossie Alfonzo, Jon Corcoran and Yuliecer Arias.


PITTSBURGH -- No. 25 Point Park University baseball pounded Asbury (Ky.) University, 15-1 and 17-0, on Senior Day Saturday at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park to finish off a KIAC series sweep of the Eagles.

The Pioneers (31-12, 14-4 KIAC) swept the four-game series versus Asbury (7-29, 4-12 KIAC) by a combined score of 64-2 on Friday and Saturday. Point Park has won 15 of its last 16 games and is now a perfect  14-0 at home.

Point Park remained in first place in the KIAC by keeping its offense rolling and getting its usual strong pitching on Saturday. Ten seniors were honored on Senior Day, and it was a big day for many of them.

The Point Park offense, which has scored 109 runs the last seven games and has seven straight games with double-digit runs, was ahead, 10-0, through three innings of Game 1. Senior shortstop Yuliecer Arias, who was 3 for 3 with four RBIs, drove in a run in the first innings, as did junior third baseman Michael DeJesus, who was 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

The Pioneers broke the game open with six runs in the third by stringing together eight hits. One of those hits was a two-run single by Arias. Already leading, 11-1, Point Park put up four runs in its last time at bat, highlighted by Stefan Mrkonja's two-RBI base hit.

The Pioneers totaled 15 runs on 16 hits, and Tom Birko singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored three times. Javy Marticorena collected two RBIs.

Alex Mateo (5-2) allowed only five hits in his six innings of work. The sophomore from Miami, Fla., picked up the win by giving up one run with eight strikeouts and one walk. Senior set-up man Jon Corcoran pitched a scoreless seventh with one strikeout to get in on Senior Day.

The Pioneers got the offense started early in Game 2, and it was Oscar Romero's three-run homer in the bottom of the first that highlighted the first of two five-run innings for the Pioneers. Point Park also scored five runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Romero hit two homers in the game, including a solo shot in the fifth. Romero was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. DeJesus was 3 for 3 with a single, a double, a triple and two RBIs. His triple went off the right-center fence in the first as he just missed putting up back-to-back homers with Romero.

Senior catcher/designated hitter Tyler Cattapan went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Mrkonja was one of the many subs that got in for Point Park, and he was 2 for 2 with five RBIs after making his entrance midway through the game. Reserve Zach Zimmerman was 2 for 2 with three runs scored. The Pioneers collected another 16 hits in the game.

Winning pitcher Nathan Sphon (3-2) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning for Point Park. The junior lefty from Greensburg, Pa., went six innings before giving way to closer Toby Eigner, a senior getting in for the non-save situation. Sphon gave up only four hits in his six scoreless innings while striking out four and walking one. Eigner retired Asbury in order to finish off the sweep.

Due to cancellations of non-conference games scheduled next week, Point Park does not currently have any more regular season games left on the schedule. But the Pioneers are expected to add games for this coming week. Check the Point Park athletics website for updates.

The KIAC make-up weekend is April 19, and the KIAC Tournament is April 23-26 in Kingsport, Tenn. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports and @PPUbaseball